Over the past few days I’ve had my crochet pattern books out, along with my Stylecraft Special DK stash, trying to work out how I want the squares for my #motivationblanket2015 to turn out.
I went through a number of pattern and colour combinations, and found myself frustrated at the squares I was trying out – somehow the colour combinations didn’t look nice enough to spend a whole year creating them, and I was worried that a square taking me 30-40 minutes per day was too much of a commitment. In the end I decided on some tiny squares of just three rounds, here is the square:
and selected my favourite 10 colours from my stash to represent the 10 possible health achievements I could check on my list each day:
- Red – Tracked all food
- Bright Blue – Kept to points allowance
- Violet – Tried a new points-friendly recipe
- Light Blue – Drank enough water
- Lilac – Slept 8 or more hours
- Dark Purple – Went to Weight Watchers
- Orange – Lost Weight (confirmed at WW meeting)
- Light Green – Exercised 15 – 29 minutes
- Yellow – Exercised 30 – 59 minutes
- Raspberry – Exercised 60 minutes plus
So on a given day, I could possibly check 8 out of 10 on my list, since the exercise options are mutually exclusive. I have decided not to set a rule on how many colours should be used in each square – it could be 1, 2 or 3 – as long as I use only the colours achieved that day.
My blanket will be 30 squares wide by 40 squares long, which is 1200 squares total (sounds a lot right now!) Each square takes about 7 or 8 minutes to complete and most days I will aim for 3 or 4 (1200/365 is 3.3), although I might pre-make some solid colours to have available in the event that I’m too busy to complete a certain day’s square quota.
I will be posting a picture of each day’s squares on instagram and writing a weekly report after my meeting on a Monday night.